WWE boss Vince McMahon has revealed just how far the company are going in a bid to stop any more wrestling deaths.
Vince has made public a letter he has sent to 535 former WWE grapplers offering to pay for rehab, regardless of how long they worked for him or why they left.
He says he is doing this to prevent any future tragedies, in the wake of the passing of superstars including British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith, Eddie Guerrero and most recently Andrew ‘Test’ Martin.
Vince writes: “Over the last 10 years, an inordinate number of wrestlers have passed away.
“Some of those deaths may, in part, have been caused by drugs and alcohol.
“In an effort to help prevent such tragedies in the future, the WWE is offering to pay for drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation at a certified treatment center chosen by the WWE for any performer with a prior WWE booking contract who may need this service.
"WWE will pay for this service in full – there is no cost to you or your family.
“Help will be provided regardless of the circumstances of your departure from the WWE or the amount of time you performed for WWE.”
The offer was first made to former stars in September 2007. In that time 3.1 per cent have accepted it, including Test who underwent rehab last year.
Vince concludes the letter by saying: “Please reach out if you think you might have a drug and/or alcohol problem, or if you know someone who does.
“We all need to do everything we can to help prevent another tragedy.”
Meanwhile, John Cena has once again confirmed his belief that anyone taking steroids should be sent to jail.
Cena – who first aired this view in a Sun WrestleCast – was asked by a New York paper about his views on baseball legend Alex Rodriguez using them.
He replied: “The government should take the initiative, and if you get caught using drugs, then you should go to jail.
“A criminal record will hurt your endorsements and long-term contracts.”
Cena added: “Steroids are the personal choice of the athlete.
“If there was a set of legal stipulations set in place, he may never have even considered it.”